Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

The 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo is commemorated every year in the  state  of Puebla in Mexico. This day commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia against the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is also celebrated in other parts of Mexico and in the USA in areas where there  is a large Mexican population. [Read more…]

International Francophonie Day – 20th March 2012

Today is International Francophonie Day or Journée Internationale de la Francophonie. Every year on the 20th March, this day celebrates and promotes cultural diversity and the French language. With over 200 million French-speakers around the world, events to encourage the French language further, include concerts, exhibitions, talks and forums.

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International Mother Language Day – 21st February

Did you know that today is International Mother Language Day? Every year on the 21st February, International Mother Language Day celebrates languages. This day also promotes linguistic and cultural diversity around the world and in particular, multilingualism. This concept was set up in 1999 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as a way to make the world aware about keeping languages and cultures alive.

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Celebrate Australia Day, Aussie Style!

Australia Day is held annually on the 26th January. It marks the beginning of British Occupation and the setting up of the colony in New South Wales with the landing of the First Fleet in 1778. In the 19th Century, celebrations for this day usually consisted of sports events such as football, cycling, horse races together with picnics and fireworks.

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Teach Yourself Business Mandarin Chinese

teach-yourself-business-mandarin-chineseDo you want to win more business in China?
Do you want to serve your Mandarin Chinese-speaking customers better?
Do you want to work more effectively with your international business partners?

Teach Yourself Business Mandarin Chinese is a three-hour, all-audio, straightforward course that will help you to acquire essential up-to-date business language to use in China. [Read more…]

‘Chinglish’ – A New York Comedy Explores Cultural Barriers

A recently opened comedy in New York’s Broadway called ‘Chinglish’, is causing a stir for all the right reasons. The play opens up conversation about the communication gap between the English-speaking world and China, but in a light-hearted way. It makes light of the cultural barriers which can happen when an English-speaking person tries to communicate or do business with a Chinese-speaking person. The play is in English and Mandarin Chinese.

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Day of the Dead – Mexico

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a holiday on the 1st and 2nd November in Mexico celebrating the souls of friends and family who have died. This holiday is seen as an important heritage of Mexican culture as it is said that this celebration began as far back as the Aztecs.

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Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, takes place every August Bank Holiday when the whole of West London comes alive. On the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, over 1 million Londoners and tourists will join the street party, which every year becomes bigger, brighter and wilder.  

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Get To Know Your Holiday Destination With Lonely Planet Country Guides!

Are you planning on going on holiday this summer or perhaps later in the year? Apart from learning the language, really get to know your holiday destination by reading up about the culture, people and best places to visit with the Lonely Planet range of country and travel guides.

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Think Italian – A New Online Audio Language Magazine

think italian audio magazinesWe are pleased to announce that we have now added the Think Italian online audio language magazines to our range of hand-picked innovative language learning courses. The Think Italian online audio language magazine is more than a simple Italian language course – it is designed to help you to learn and improve your Italian while teaching you about the life and culture in Italy.

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